Laurence Reisman Convinced yet that drinking driving isnt worth it 2009: You8217ve Reading

Laurence Reisman Convinced yet that drinking driving isnt worth it

If you&8217ve been reading this newspaper the past few weeks and still don&8217t think twice about having a few drinks before driving, you&8217ve not

been paying attention. Although Baird was acquitted Wednesday, there&8217s no way he&8217ll ever forget his ordeal. His acquittal was compared to O.J. Simpson&8217s and came on the same day U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy &8212 dogged for decades by innuendo over his ability to drive before an accident that killed Mary Jo Kopechne &8212 died. Only one man knows for sure how many drinks he had that night. And whether Baird had one or 10, he&8217d be a fool to ever drive again in Vero Beach after drinking more than a plain, old Coca-Cola. At least Baird will have an opportunity to drive again &8212 after his license is reinstated. It was suspended because he refused to take a Breathalyzer test. On the other hand, three Martin County teens &8212 one was 16 &8212 never will drink or drive again. The young men were killed about 2 a.m. Aug. 4 when their Jeep Grand Cherokee slammed into a John Deere loader near a road construction project. Alcohol is believed to have played a role in the accident, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Unfortunately, the vast majority of people have no idea what it takes for their faculties to be &8220impaired&8221 while driving. The threshold is not being &8220drunk&8221 it&8217s far less. It doesn&8217t take much to be impaired while driving.

Years ago I participated in a Pennsylvania State Police exercise. Police served reporters drinks &8212 I slowly drank a few beers &8212 had us blow into a Breathalyzer, then drive a pylon-lined course in a driver&8217s education car on an airport tarmac.

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